Give a Computer Name an Alias

Posted on 2007-10-19
Last Modified: 2011-04-14
Can I give a computer name an alias so people can remember it easier? I don't want to change the name of the computer since some connections are already establish, I just want to connect to it through an alias name, is it possible?
Question by:Bob Macpherson
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    You could create a CNAME record in DNS....
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    Yes, it is possible.
    The alias can be personal, installed in each workstation, inside the hosts file
    by default at c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\
    by using the format   aliasname  # you can have more than one alias pointing to the same machine

    The alias can be corporative, installed in the DNS (or Active Directory) server too.

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    Either a DNS A record entry on the server or add an entry to the users lmhosts file on their PC.
    Located in: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc
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    If you're using a domain or hosting DNS you can easily create an alias there. If you're running an AD domain just go to DNS expand the server and the Forward Lookup Zones, then select the domain name. Then just right click and select "New Alias (CNAME)." Put in the desired name and the FQDN for the server.

    If you're not you'd have to modify the remote user's host file to add your desired computer name and IP address.

    There might be an easier way if you aren't in a domain, but I'm not sure of it. Sorry.

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    by:Bob Macpherson
    This is not a domain, is a computer in the domain

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    by:Bob Macpherson
    ametzler, I did it through Forward Lookup Zone and it works great, thanks.

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